With: Susan Sleeman
It’s so fun to be at Just Romantic Suspense. What a great site! I’m excited to share the release of my first book in my upcoming romantic suspense series.
I love writing series books. In fact, I’ve never written a book without thinking about how it could be part of a series. Not a series where the same main character is the lead in all books, but a series that brings a team of characters together to fight odds greater than themselves. I love how the characters band together. The camaraderie of the team. The different personalities clashing, then working to resolve their differences. The support and bond they form. The sense of family they develop.
Web of Deceit is part of such a series called Agents Under Fire and it releases on March 5th. This series features three FBI agents who are part of an elite Cyber Action Team called in to solve the most difficult cyber intrusions. You know, intrusions like you’ve heard about on the news with companies like Target and Home Depot. But these stories go beyond simple credit card theft. In each book, the intrusions are very high-stakes that involve national security and serial murders. And, each intrusion takes a crazy turn and the agent suddenly finds herself in a run for her life.
Web of Deceit features agent Kaitlyn Knight and homicide detective Sam Murdock. When Kait discovers her brother-in-law is Vyper—the notorious cyber criminal and murderer wanted by the FBI—she doesn’t question her duty to arrest him. But when he murders her sister in front of her, leaving her infant niece motherless, Kait vows to hunt him down and bring him to justice while raising the baby.
Three long years she searches for him without even a whisper of a lead. She’s about to give up hope of ever finding him. All of that changes when Vyper goes on a murderous spree taunting Kait with clues that she and Sam must solve before her devious brother-in-law takes another life. As the body count rises, Sam discovers the killing spree is really about striking back at Kait. He must put everything on the line—including the relationship he’s developed with Kait—to ensure her safety. The killer is waiting, watching her every move and he won’t stop until he’s exacted his revenge and reclaims his rights to raise his daughter. Will Sam help find her sister’s killer . . . or lead the killer to her door?
I hope you’ll check out this series on my website and here’s a sneak peek from the pages of Web of Deceit...
There was blood. So much blood. Covering her chest and staining the thick wool carpet. Kait ripped off her blazer and pressed it against the wound. Sticky, warm, it oozed through her fingers.
Bile crawled up the back of her throat. She looked away to stave it off and dialed 911, the operator promising a swift EMT response.
Kait dropped her phone and turned to Abby, whose face was ashen and drawn. Her mouth opened and closed as if she needed to speak. Terror for Abby threatened to take Kait down.
Hold on. Stay in control. She needs you.
Abby moaned, the sound cutting to Kait’s core.
“Hang in there, Abs.” Kait bent low to look into her twin’s eyes. “I love you. Don’t leave me.”
“I . . . Lily. Take care of her. Promise me.”
“You’ll be fine.”
“No, promise me, Kaitie. Promise,” Abby said then her eyes lost their luster.
“No.” Kait pressed harder on the jacket, her sister’s lifeblood slipping through her fingers. “Hang in there. Please, Abby, hang on. For me. For you. For Lily. She’s just a baby, Abs. She needs you.”
Abby’s throat gurgled, and she shuddered. Kait was losing her sister. Her best friend. Her life.
“No,” Kait cried to the empty room, forgetting all of her FBI training and searching for her next step. How could she help her sister? Her family. Her niece. Lily.
Oh, God, Lily!
“Mom! Dad!” Kait screamed. “Help!”
She listened. Heard only her heart pounding. Abby’s labored gasps for air.
They had to have heard the gunshots, so where were they? Had Fenton taken one of them hostage?
“Don’t let him take them. Please, no. Please.” The whispered plea joined Abby’s last breath.
Kait sagged to the floor.
“I’ll get Fenton, Abby. Don’t worry. I’ll get him,” she whispered as Abby’s eyes glazed over and fixed in a lifeless stare. “No matter how long or what it takes, I’ll get him, and he will pay.”
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Susan Sleeman is a best-selling author of clean read and inspirational romantic suspense books. Awards include Thread of Suspicion, 2013 Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Best Book Award, and No Way Out and The Christmas Witness, Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence finalists. In addition to writing, Susan also hosts the popular website TheSuspenseZone.com. She currently lives in Oregon with her husband, but has lived in nine states. They have two daughters, a son-in-law, and an adorable grandson. To learn more about Susan stop by any of these locations on the web.